Hunting for Oil: Exploration & Upstream Overview

Serious Game Simulation Workshop


Who should attend?

  • The success of an oil company depends on appropriate strategy, effective data interpretation and collaborative teamwork: this course has been designed to stimulate the participants’ desire for learning, and to capture their attention with an adequate blend of challenges, competition and collaboration, making the learning experience both enjoyable and educational, whatever their professional origin and background.
Public :
  • Geologists, geophysicists and reservoir engineers, with short experience, who need to acquire a full view of the exploration, development and production workflow, in particular those who will join in multidisciplinary or asset teams - but also petroleum engineers, support staff, and non-technical staff, high potentials in the Oil & Gas upstream industry whose activity (either commercial, legal, financial or marketing) is calling for interaction with NOCs or International Operators, including executive managers and government officials.

Level : Proficiency

Course Content


      • Introduction: specific roles and objectives of exploration, development & production in the petroleum industry.
      • Lecture: geological context of hydrocarbon prospecting; reservoir characterization tools & techniques in E&P.
      • Workshop: introduction to geoscientific exploration methods. Data-room/Call for tenders.

      • Lecture: seismic reflection (fundamentals, data acquisition, processing & interpretation).
      • Workshop: seismic interpretation, survey planning, commitment and permitting.

      • Lecture: hydrocarbon genesis, migration, entrapment and timing; play assessment (concept and preservation).
      • Workshop: wellsite geology (mud logging, wireline logging) and well monitoring; well data interpretation.

      • Lecture: well design and completion; enhanced recovery.
      • Workshop: field appraisal strategy and development planning.

      • Lecture: understand the reservoir (sedimentological and structural modeling).
      • Workshop: accumulation evaluation (mapping and volumetric calculation - OOIP); production monitoring.
      • Conclusion: presentation of teams’ results; feedback discussion; wrap-up session.
      • The teams define and implement their strategy in order to deploy the best scenario and to win, through mutual complementary interaction. Both cash flow and production are taken into account for the final evaluation.
      • A series of hands-on activities and exercises (maps, seismic sections, logs, fluid contacts, volumetrics, etc.) is proposed through sequential workshops to highlight key phases and illustrate lectures.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • acquire a global vision of the upstream petroleum industry,
  • evaluate reservoir characteristics and potential using adequate geophysical and geological information,
  • understand how uncertainties inherent to data influence the capability to interpret them,
  • draw field development plans by balancing development costs versus production rates, in order to maximize NPV.

Ways & Means

  • The HFO course is based on a serious game and a simulation workshop.
  • Trainees are ideally grouped in teams of 3. Each team acts as a virtual oil company that competes with the others: explore for economically viable volumes of hydrocarbons in a new area.
  • The course is supported by the DALLAS™ software package, a dynamic training tool based on an innovative learning platform.
To French entities : IFP Training is referenced to DataDock ; you may contact your OPCO about potential funding.
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